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Implementation guide for multi-hazard early warning systems and multi-hazards management of disaster risk in development

This guide will help improve understanding of hazards management at different scales, discuss opportunities for disaster risk reduction interventions and share case studies from existing policies and practices, for monitoring the effectiveness of multi-hazard early warning systems and their components including, but not limited to: risk knowledge; monitoring and warning services; dissemination; emergency response capacity; policy, legislative and institutional coordination aspects. It also aim to provide guidance to central government disaster risk reduction focal points to assist in the application of these case studies in development at all levels and in all sectors.

Contact: Chadia Wannous ( and Julio Serje (

Concept note

  • Early warning has been recognized as an effective approach for reducing disaster risk and the loss of life. There has been a paradigm shift from single-hazard to multi-hazard early warning and from providing hazard information to providing risk and impact information. However, there are gaps in effective implementation of people-centred, multi-hazard warning systems. In addition, risk knowledge and impact information are often not at all, or insufficiently, integrated into multi-hazard early warning systems.

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